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A Photo Project, An Update, and a Contest?

Ear­li­er today the folks behind one of my favourite iOS dig­i­tal dark­room apps (FX Pho­to Stu­dio) announced a great new col­lab­o­ra­tive pho­tog­ra­phy app and project, in the form of a con­test:

As a ges­ture of appre­ci­a­tion to its loy­al fans, Mac­Phun is also devel­op­ing the first ever joint­ly col­lab­o­rat­ed, free stand­alone wall­pa­per app that will show­case user-sub­mit­ted pho­tographs edit­ed with FX Pho­to Stu­dio and oth­er pho­tog­ra­phy iOS apps. With MacPhun’s sup­port, the app will pro­vide the ide­al plat­form for aspir­ing artists and pho­tog­ra­phers to gain increased expo­sure for their work. To kick off the sub­mis­sion process, Mac­Phun will be hold­ing a two month pro­mo­tion on their Face­book page. Prizes include iTunes gift cards, pho­to print­ing gift vouch­ers and much more. For more infor­ma­tion on this con­test, please vis­it: http://www.macphun.com/photoproject/

To help kick off this great idea, FX Pho­to Stu­dio & FX Pho­to Stu­dio HD have been updat­ed to iOS 4.3 and now include a new fil­ter cat­e­go­ry, Sketch­es:

Mac­Phun has col­lab­o­rat­ed with estab­lished artists from North Amer­i­ca and Europe to cre­ate a new “sketch­es” cat­e­go­ry. The new­ly added cat­e­go­ry con­sists of six car­toon-styled fil­ters pro­vid­ing users with a total of 187 fil­ters to mix, match and share with friends. The addi­tion of more pre­cise tun­ing con­trols for con­trast­ing, adjust­ing hues and sharp­en­ing fil­ters, pro­vide even more unequiv­o­cal tools to users, mak­ing one of the most use­ful image edit­ing apps on the mar­ket, even bet­ter.

And to make it even eas­i­er for new iPhone and iPad2 pho­tog­ra­phers, FX Pho­to Stu­dio and FX Pho­to Stu­dio HD will both be dis­count­ed to $0.99 and $1.99, respec­tive­ly, for a very lim­it­ed time.

iPad2 Announced. More Power.

Though it appears that the screen res­o­lu­tion of our favourite iOS device won’t change, the horse­pow­er behind the screen sure will.

Accord­ing to the images pre­sent­ed by Steve Jobs in today’s iPad2 announce­ment, the unit will fea­ture:

  • Dual-core proces­sors
  • Up to 2x faster CPU
  • Up to 9x faster graph­ics
  • New A5 chip
  • Same low pow­er as A4 chip
  • First dual core tablet to ship in vol­ume

As well, it’ll be thin­ner, lighter, and avail­able in white. Oh, and it has cam­eras. 2 of them. No excuse for miss­ing that shot if you have your iPad2 with you then.

What this means for many iPad Dark­room apps and users is that what­ev­er apps you use in your dig­i­tal dark­room, expect them to get enhance­ments soon to take advan­tage of the new horse­pow­er in the new hard­ware. Not sure how this will impact upgrad­ed apps on iPad1 hard­ware. Time will tell.

 

 

 

From Glass to Tablets — Tiffen Photo FX Ultra

tlogo.jpgOne of the long-time play­ers in the glass pho­to fil­ter and acces­so­ry space is com­pa­ny called Tiff­en.

And recent­ly I learned that they were also in the iPad  image edit­ing space with Pho­to FX Ultra -a very pow­er­ful image edit­ing app that includes a sur­pris­ing num­ber of fil­ters and a few effects I’d not seen before.

I’ll save the fea­ture list for the end, but here’s a cou­ple of the neat fea­tures I use:

Dif­fu­sion
Great set of grad­u­at­ed dif­fu­sion fil­ters. One cool fea­ture is that not only can you use a pre­set fil­ter set­ting (Soft­FX 1, SoftFX2, etc), but you can also tweak the set­tings to suite your cre­ative judg­ment.

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Grads/Tints
A great selec­tion of grad­u­at­ed fil­ters and neu­tral den­si­ty fil­ters that you can selec­tive­ly apply to an image — in this one I’ve applied a neu­tral den­si­ty gra­da­tion to the top por­tion of this image.

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Light­ing
This one is neat — it puts a light pat­tern into your image -either a gobo-style light­ing pat­tern or a win­dow pat­tern.

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You can adjust the place­ment of the pat­tern, and to add a bit more depth to the effect, you can selec­tive­ly erase the pat­tern, cre­ate a new lay­er, then put a new copy of the pat­tern in a slight­ly dif­fer­ent loca­tion to give the illu­sion of depth.

And as promised, here’s the full list of fea­tures in this iPad dark­room app:

  • Choose from 77 fil­ters orga­nized into 8 dif­fer­ent fil­ter groups
  • Select from a total of 934 pre­sets
  • Try one of the 65 dif­fer­ent col­or or black and white film looks
  • Add real­is­tic dif­fu­sion to pho­tos using a library of 50 inter­est­ing tex­tures
  • Cre­ate nat­ur­al light­ing effects using 117 dif­fer­ent pat­terns
  • Choose from 27 grain pre­sets to sim­u­late pop­u­lar motion pic­ture film stocks
  • Paint on the image using Col­or, Clone, Blur, Black and White, Mosa­ic, Red Eye, Repair, Scat­ter and Eras­er brush­es
  • Crop, Rotate, Straight­en
  • Zoom into the image with the Close-Up Lens fil­ter
  • Add mul­ti­ple fil­ters with­out sav­ing
  • Selec­tive­ly apply fil­ters by paint­ing a mask
  • Mod­i­fy fil­ters with slid­ers, on-screen con­trols or pre­sets
  • High res­o­lu­tion sup­port up to 3072 pix­els
  • Edit in por­trait or land­scape mode
  • Com­pat­i­bil­i­ty with the still image edi­tions of the Tiff­en Dfx Dig­i­tal Fil­ter Suite
  • Quick­ly search for fil­ters and pre­sets
  • Inte­grat­ed Help

Caveat
One prob­lem I had reg­u­lar­ly with Pho­to FX Ultra was when work­ing with very large images — the app would crash with­out warn­ing when try­ing to add a new lay­er or sav­ing out the image.

This wasn’t a prob­lem when work­ing with nor­mal iOS images such as cap­tures from an iPhone or iPad screen­shots, but when I was work­ing with large .jpg images import­ed from a DSLR (around 4 — 5 mb) the app would be chal­lenged.

I’ve reached out to the devel­op­er on this and am await­ing feed­back — and will update this post when I’ve got news. and the devel­op has respond­ed:

We don’t put a res­o­lu­tion lim­it on images that you can process on the iPad. How­ev­er, the iPad only has 256mb of mem­o­ry and 128mb are used up by the sys­tem before you run any­thing. The iPad is sev­er­ly under­pow­ered to process DSLR size images. You can increase your odds by mak­ing sure no oth­er app is run­ning when using Pho­to fx.

 

Still Rec­om­mend
Yes, even thought it has issues han­dling larg­er images, for the vast major­i­ty of work I do on my iPad I can I still rec­om­mend this app for the great vari­ety of pre­set fil­ters that have direct cor­re­la­tion to the real-world fil­ters made by Tiff­en.

As well, the way you can move and selec­tive­ly apply the fil­ters offers you greater con­trol than I’ve seen oth­er sim­i­lar­ly priced image edit­ing suites.

The con­cept of adding lay­ers of edits to your image brings it into the realm of desk­top edit­ing soft­ware such as Pho­to­shop.

And once the devel­op­er address­es the large image size prob­lem, this app will be one to have in your dig­i­tal dark­room took­it.

So, as long as you’re not work­ing with images that are large, in my expe­ri­ence over 4mb DSLR images for exam­ple, you’ll find Pho­to FX Ultra a valu­able addi­tion to your toolk­it.

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New App: Memory of Colors

I’ve been a fan of the World Her­itage Sites iPad app for a while, sim­ply for the qual­i­ty of images at Her­itage Site loca­tions.

Mem­o­ry of Col­ors isn’t real­ly an app that you use to tweak or mod­i­fy images on your iPad, rather it’s an app that cap­tures my atten­tion and inspires cre­ativ­i­ty while look­ing at endan­gered cul­tures through­out the world.

Mem­o­ry of col­ors fea­tures a rich col­lec­tion of por­traits that pro­vide a look at humanity’s frag­ile diver­si­ty in over 18 coun­tries, from Alge­ria to Yemen. Assem­bled in an infi­nite col­or palette, where each col­or rep­re­sents a facet of human cul­ture, the por­traits bring a mes­sage of peace, tol­er­ance and respect for those that are being threat­ened by glob­al­iza­tion.

The mas­ter­piece cre­at­ed by pho­tog­ra­ph­er Jaime Ocam­po-Rangel took over 12 years to com­plete, and required a colos­sal amount of research, logis­tics, and diplo­ma­cy. “I set out to pre­serve the beau­ty of these peo­ple before it’s too late, and cre­ate a pause in time and space to cap­ture this world’s last authen­tic images,” said Jaime O’Campo-Rangel. The project was first exhib­it­ed at UNESCO’s head­quar­ters in 2010.

And there’s a sup­port­ing video too:

Mem­o­ry of Col­ors is avail­able in the app store at a launch price of .99 for one week — nor­mal­ly $2.99.

Digital Images — Digital Darkroom — Part two

Ear­li­er this week I start­ed this series by look­ing at my dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy work­flow as applied to image acqui­si­tion (tak­ing the pic­ture). Today I’m going to look at what I do with the image in my mobile pho­to stu­dio, my iPad Dark­room, if you will.

I’ve got the image, now what?
Tak­ing the pho­to is just the start­ing point. Once you have a neat image, you can eas­i­ly make it stronger by care­ful­ly apply­ing mod­ern dig­i­tal dark­room tech­niques.

In my case, I shoot on a Dig­i­tal SLR (Pana­son­ic Lumix FZ-30), or a Canon Pow­er­shot Point-and-shoot.

On the FZ-30, I shoot RAW+jpg, which poten­tial­ly gives me the most dig­i­tal infor­ma­tion to work with in the dig­i­tal dark­room. The Canon gives me .jpg so I have to take what I can get.

I say poten­tial­ly because cur­rent­ly, only a few apps sup­port (or are plan­ning to sup­port) RAW. Edit­ing a .jpg is ade­quate, but not opti­mal.
Con­tin­ue read­ing Dig­i­tal Images — Dig­i­tal Dark­room — Part two